From Russia with Love

  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Albert R Broccoli
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors:

In a mansion garden late at night, James Bond (Sean Connery) is alternately stalking and being stalked by a tall, blond assassin. Bond is captured and strangled violently to death by a man named Red Grant, using a garrote wire hidden in a watch. Suddenly, huge floodlights switch on and the dead person turns out to be a man wearing Bond’s disguise. This completes SPECTRE’s training exercise.

Kronsteen, a chess grandmaster, and SPECTRE’s expert planner, has devised a plot to steal a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviets, sell it back to them, and also punish MI6 (the British Secret Service) for killing their agent Dr. No. Ex-SMERSH operative Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) is put in charge of the mission by the megalomaniac Blofeld. She has already chosen a female pawn: Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi), a cypher clerk at the Soviet consulate in Istanbul. Klebb departs to SPECTRE Island, the organisation’s secret training base, and approves Red Grant as an assassin.

In London, M (Bernard Lee) tells Bond that Romanova has contacted their “Station ‘T'” in Turkey, offering to defect with a Lektor, which MI6 and the CIA have been after for years. She has said that she will only defect to Bond, whose photo she has allegedly found in a Soviet intelligence file. In fact she is following orders from Klebb, who pretends she is still working for SMERSH and that this is a SMERSH deception.

Bond and Romanova reach Venice and check into a hotel. Rosa Klebb, disguised as a maid, attempts to steal the Lektor. In the climax, Klebb gets the drop on Bond, and holds him at gunpoint but the gun is knocked away by Romanova. Klebb releases her poisoned toe-spike, but Bond narrowly dodges her kicks and pins her to the wall with a dining chair. Romanova grabs the gun and shoots Klebb. Riding in a gondola, Bond throws the film of him and Romanova into the water, and they sail away.

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